Pollinators are necessary to ensure our food supply. Of the 100 crops that make up 90% of the global food supply, 71 are dependent on bees. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the U.S. There will be sessions for agricultural producers. Keynote speaker: John Phipps, U.S. Farm Report Commentator
The Rock Island County SWCD meetings are generally held the first Tuesday of the month. Check our meeting schedule and join us!
Rock Island County SWCD holds annual fall and spring fish sales. All proceeds support conservation in Rock Island County. Click to see sales that are currently underway and place an order online! Thanks for your support!
Rock Island County SWCD News and Blog
Hi! My name is Josh Kukla, and I am the intern here at RICSWCD in February-June 2015. I am currently a senior at Augustana College, on the path to graduate at the end of May.read more
Pollinators: In the Backyard & On the Back Forty
June 10-11, 2015- Jumer’s Rock Island, IL
Visit qcpollinatorconference.org to register.
Keynote Speaker: John Phipps, U.S. Farm Report Commentatorread more
“The focus in on reducing nutrient losses to the environment—not on reducing nutrient uses by Illinois agriculture,”
The Rock Island SWCD is hosting two Cover Crop field days this spring on March 31st and April 1st, 2015. One plot is in the north part of Rock Island County and one is in a familiar spot in the southern part of Rock Island. Cover crops are being promoted to reduce soil erosion, improve soil health, help with compaction problems, and reduce the loss of nutrients from crop fields into area streams and lakes.read more
A workshop will be held at Jumer’s Hotel in Rock Island to discuss erosion and sediment control on area construction sites on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015. The workshop will run from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
Topics include NPDES permit updates from IL EPA AND the Iowa DNR, a review of local ordinances by city and county officials on both sides of the river, plus best management practices used on construction sites. The latest updates to the Illinois Urban Manual will also be discussed.read more
January 27, 2015- Sycamore, IL
February 4, 2015- Mattoon, IL
February 18, 2015- Macomb, IL
Curious about Cover Crops? Want to learn more about soil health? Mark your calendars for three new Conservation Cropping Seminars coming to your area and don’t miss out on these great opportunities to learn more about cover crop best practices and implementation. Hear from local Ag producers and resource experts who will share information and insights on soil health improvements, cover crop success, and wise nutrient management. Register today!
Visit www.ccswcd.com to register.The $20 fee is payable by check or credit card and includes lunch.read more